Ask the Experts – Hearing Health

Tinnitus, Sudden, Noise-Induced, and Hidden Hearing Loss.  Hearing Tests, Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants and More

Join SoundGirls for a webinar on hearing health with Audiologist Julie Glick, Musician Scott Simmons, and Sound Engineer Swaan Barat. Moderated by Lighting Designer Kille Knobel

This is your opportunity to ask questions about hearing health and get them answered and learn about how to protect your hearing. We will discuss different types of hearing loss and learn what options are available to you. We will also meet a musician and sound engineer who are willing to share their experiences with hearing loss and their careers.

May 16, 2021 -11 AM – 1 PM PDT / 2 PM – 4PM EDT

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Moderated By Kille Knobel

Kille Knobel is a graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts and CalArts. She has been the LD for Pearl Jam for over 20 years and has toured with Cher, Bette Midler, Temple of the Dog, Janet Jackson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, NIN, and countless more.

Kille has spent much of her career working special events, corporate shows, and television. When she’s at home in Los Angeles, she can be found working at The Jimmy Kimmel Show and wrangling her three sons – 16, 13, & 12. Two of Kille’s sons were born with congenital sensorineural hearing loss and wear hearing aids. Kille has become an unplanned expert in pediatric hearing loss and special education having spent years learning to effectively advocate and navigate the resources and technology needed to best support her kids.

Bridging her personal life and working in a high-risk profession for hearing damage, Kille is passionate about promoting better education and awareness surround hearing health in our industry.

Panelist Include

Julie Glick, Au.D., F-AAA

Dr. Glick has first introduced to custom in-ear monitors and musicians earplugs twenty years ago when she started her career in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and is thrilled to have come full circle after spending time gaining a myriad of experiences in Chicago and New York City. Musicians Hearing Health

Her passion for music and commitment to the field of audiology led her to recognize that the optimization of the live performances of musicians and hearing conservation was a niche she wanted to be involved in from the very beginning. Over the past twenty years, Julie has spent invaluable time with monitor/sound engineers and has been backstage and in rehearsal studios with musicians of all genres.  She has also worked as an audiologist for two years at Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation in Chicago. Through all of these experiences, she has gained great insight and appreciation for all the technical details that go into live musical performances and how important hearing and hearing conservation is to not only musicians but to the fans as well. Dr. Glick’s knowledge and technical expertise in sound, hearing, and hearing conservation make her a valuable asset to the music community.

Dr. Glick received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University, Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge, and Doctor of Audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. Dr. Glick is a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Dispenser in the states of California and New York and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Swann Barat

Swann has always been passionate about live music and at age 16 she decided to become a sound engineer. After graduating from an electrical engineering program in Poitiers, France, Swann moved to Vancouver, BC, and studied Audio Engineering and Production. A freelance sound technician, Swann has worked at most Vancouver venues, including 5 years as the head technician at the Biltmore Cabaret and more recently as the technical director at the Fox Cabaret. She was also a live sound instructor at Nimbus School of Recording and Media for 6 years. As both a tour manager and a front-of-house technician, she has toured all over North America and Europe during the past decade.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with a genetic condition causing progressive hearing loss and tinnitus. She has been wearing hearing aids since then and that allowed her to keep doing her multiple jobs in the live sound industry. 

I’m a sound technician. Losing my hearing was devastating

Scott Simons

Scott Simons’ career as a musician started at the age of 15 when his father, a local news weatherman, hired him to write the 6 o’clock new theme music for WBOY-TV. After seeing his name credited at the end of every newscast, Scott knew he wanted to write music for a living. Playing keyboards in cover bands as the only under 18 kid in bars and composing jingles for local radio and TV stations led to him studying music at West Virginia University.

After receiving his B.A. in Music Composition, Scott Simons spent the next 10 years touring in several 15 passenger-cargo vans while fronting original indie-pop band The Argument. To make ends meet while pursuing his dream, Scott taught pre-school through 8th-grade music, private piano lessons and was a substitute band teacher. The Argument toured the country, performed on public radio’s “Mountain Stage” twice, and was named as one of the “Top Ten Unsigned Bands in America” by the American Music Awards. When the last van broke down and the band broke up, Simons began writing and producing for other artists which lead to frequent writing trips to Los Angeles and Nashville and his first co-publishing deal with Bug Music. In 2006, his self-produced internet smash cover of Rhianna’s “Umbrella” was added to many radio station rotations all over the US and overseas, received praise on countless internet pop culture sites such as and amassed millions of plays on MySpace, YouTube and other social media.

In 2008, Scott made the move west to LA and has been keeping busy as a writer, performer, and recording artist ever since. As a songwriter and producer, Simons has worked with many writers and artists all over the world. Last year, his cowrite “Faithful” was a Latin American hit with Mexican-American pop artist Alex Hoyer. His recent collaboration with Italian pop DJ group Daddy’s Groove “Stellar” hit #1 on the Italian Dance Music charts. Scott also co-wrote “Another Break Up Song”  with up-and-coming soul singer songwriter Allen Stone. Other notable song placements include dance music legends Dirty Vegas, Drake Bell (Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh), Brandon and Leah (“Keeping Up With The Kardashians” ), Eurovision Contest winner Lena, Holland Idol winner Lisa Lois and broadway actress Shoshana Bean from the musical “Wicked”.

As a performer, Scott has worked behind-the-scenes and occasionally in front of the camera for 9 seasons on America’s Got Talent as Assistant Music Director after doing all 3 seasons of The X Factor (USA). He was also the Music Director for seasons 3 and 4 of Little Big Shots on NBC as well as for Nickelodeon actor-turned-musician Drake Bell, X Factor finalist Chris Rene, The Voice finalist Chris Mann and American Idol finalist Megan Joy. He has played keyboards for Leona Lewis, Aimee Mann, Lucy Woodward, Robert Schwartzman, Toby Lightman and has also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Anderson Cooper Live, Ellen and The Brazil Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Simons also sings the Emmy-nominated theme song for Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol”, Netflix/Dreamworks “Veggie Tales in the House” and Esquire Network’s “Lucky Bastards”.

Scott’s original project is TeamMate, a two-piece band with his ex-girlfriend and drummer Dani Buncher. The duo spent the last few years touring the United States supporting OneRepublic, Bleachers, and Skylar Grey and has been featured on Huffington Post, KROQ-FM, KIIS-FM and The Advocate. On TV, TeamMate’s music has been heard on ESPN’s Wimbledon coverage, NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Freeform, the CW in various shows and commercials. Rapper Wiz Khalifa also sampled TeamMate’s song “LA Winter” for the first track of his last full-length album “O.N.I.F.C.”.

Scott currently teaches Songwriting at Point Blank Music School in Los Angeles in addition to private songwriting and piano lessons, consultation and is working with West Virginia University College of Creative Arts to mentor graduate students entering the music industry.